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enrichment necessary to make a bomb. >> that was the prime minister within the last hour. here is our united nations correspondent richard roth. joining me now. richard, i'm assuming no delegates of iran were there to hear israeli prime minister. >> reporter: the iranian table was empty here at the united nations general assembly. one delegate left before netanyahu walked on to the stage at the general assembly. this is to make the white house see red about the red lines. the white house has denied disagreements with israel over this but clearly there's been friction. netanyahu's public declaration with graphic for the world there pointing out the red lines was probably not something the white house would want to see at this moment. especially during a political electoral race. last friday jay carney said there's no difference of israel and the united states. with the red lines. u.s. and israel committed to preventing iran of achieving a
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nuclear weapon and president obama echoed the themes a couple of days ago. however, i don't think the white house and the u.s. wants to be pushed in to on such a high profile stage battered with making a public ultimatum of red lines to iran so the speech is out. used graphics. netanyahu, former ambassador. when you listen to dozens of speeches in the room, never hurts to have some props with you. they do it in congress a lot. >> i think for a lot of people perhaps it worked. one question is, as he was speaking there were some bursts of applause. i'm curious, were those assembly members? was that public audience? who would that have been? >> reporter: well, we're trying to figure out but i think the delegations, especially here israel and a little bit with the palestinians, brought in extra people with the delegations. they sat way in the back. they may have needed tickets for this and think israel may have felt a little, well, they
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rallied from the last year when abbas of the palestinians and spoke just before netanyahu had huge standing ovations last year. perhaps israel this time came equipped to back up their man and both the palestinians withstanding ovations on palestine's declaration of an upgraded status here at the u.n. and netanyahu received several rounds of applause. >> richard roth for us at the united nations, richard, thank you. following up on this last hour, we do know that president obama is supposed to do a follow-up phone call with the prime minister of israel. that should happen tomorrow. i want to bring fareed zakaria. what do you think in terms of this phone call, what in the world might that be like? what might president obama need to say to netanyahu in that phone call? >> well, they have talked a lot. they just spent an hour talking a couple of days ago. i think it was last week.
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president obama and president netanyahu have actually a close relationship in the sense that they talk a lot. they work together. there's a lot of intelligence cooperation. i don't think it's particularly friendly. but they see eye to eye on many of the issues involving iran. the one thing they don't is on whether the united states needs to draw a bright line, a very clear line as to when it is that iran would cross a threshold to tliger e trigger american strike. i think president obama doesn't want in effect to single that in advance but i suspect that what they will talk about is something else. there's a leap from the israeli foreign ministry that israel wants another round of even tougher sanctions on iran. and that that might be something they see as a way of making -- of delaying or perhaps unnecessary for a few months any talk of military action.
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the obama administration is very comfortable with tough sanctions on iran and may be an area of some agreement. >> perhaps tougher sanctions because netanyahu's incredibly clear talking with his diagram the three different stages if you will of the uranium enrichment before the metaphorical fuse would be lit and would be complete next spring or next summer. you, fareed, spoke with the man that prime minister netanyahu was very directly targeting, that being the president of iran, mahmoud ahmadinejad. let me just play a little bit of your conversation and then we'll talk on the other side. >> you have indicated that you think that the israeli prime minister's threats toward iran are ones you don't take very serious seriously. but i was wondering how seriously you take the rhetoric of the president of the united states. president obama said at the united nations that he was
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determined to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. do you regard that as a bluff? >> translator: you set forth two or three questions here. i have never used the word bluff. when we say we do not take it seriously, we mean that it impacts, it does not impact our policies in the slightest. iran is a vast country, it is a great country i. let's assume a few terrorists come and assassinate a few officials. will the country be damaged? no. a couple of bombs would be set to explode, will the country be destr destroyed? no. we see the zionist regime at the same level of the bombers and criminals and the terrorists and even if they do something, even if they do something hypothetically it will not affect us fundamentally but
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vis-a-vis the expressions of the president of the united states because i do not wish to speak in any way about anything that may be interpreted as meddling or interference in america's domestic or electoral affairs but perhaps myself prepared to everyone else in the world i am perhaps much more keen than anyone else not only there will be no more productions of nuclear becomes around the world that even those that exist today would be eliminated. >> um, did he answer your question? >> his answer was strange. he said i really don't want to say anything because it would be construed as interfering in the american electoral process.
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this is a -- this is a somewhat subdued ahmadinejad. this is eighth visit to the u.n. his last one. and he's created plenty of controversy on most of them. and some of the press interviews he continued to do that. but in his speech, if you notice, he was actually almost benile and talked about world peace and a will have of human beings. so he's trying not to get himself in to trouble, i think, though, you know, that's by the standards of ahmadinejad. so there's, you know, there's plenty of digs and attack lines hidden in there. >> not trying to get himself in trouble, yet he might have a huge nuclear program problem on his hands according to prime minister of israel benjamin netanyahu. fareed, i always love having you on. thank you so much. let's remind everyone to watch your show sunday 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. right here on cnn. many thanks to you. coming up next, the race for
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i want to revisit this jobs story that's bubbled up today. we have gotten word now from the labor department as of today for the first time the jobs picture moved in to positive territory for the obama presidency. alison kosik in new york. you talked about this before. barack obama now a net job creator. how are those numbers crunched? >> okay. so what happened here was the government actually went back and crunched and recrunched the jobs numbers. brooke, so what they came up with is actually in president obama's favor because they show that the president has recovered every single job lost on his watch and then some. so the labor department revised the numbers higher saying 386,000 more jobs were created last year than originally thought so here's how the math was done. in a year after president obama
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was inaugurated, the xhoi lost 3 hadn't 4 million jobs but 4.4 jobs been created. there are now 125,000 more jobs in, you know, in place than before when he took office. >> but to be clear, we are talking about the obama presidency. correct? i mean, that doesn't mean we have recovered the jobs lost in the entire recession. >> exactly. because we're about three years after the recession now. look, we have still only recovered about half the jobs lost since 2008. and look at how hiring has been. it's not strong enough to keep up with population growth. another criticism with this, many of the jobs created on obama's watch have been low paying so then you have got the reality check here that 12.5 million people in this country, brooke, still out of work. brooke? >> alison kosik, thank you, at the new york stock exchange. and i don't know about you but one of the first things i
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try to do in the morning is check the gallup tracking poll on the state of the race for president. let's throw this out there because it's a bit of a mystery to me. have a look at the graphic. you can see this whole graph on the right. this gap here actually represents the 6-point lead in the race for president, a lead that's actually just opened up -- this gap. this is what i'm talking about. opened up in the past week in favor of president obama and just to broaden this out, for perspective, we follow it back here to june. that's where this whole sort of x and y axis begin and seeing the blue line here, the blue line and the red line, so the blue line is the obama line and the red line is the romney line and depending on where you are on the graphic, twist and twist around one another. some point, you know, one line on top and some points the other line is on. you can see in different places with the graph and the race is very, very close and then a couple of weeks ago we actually witnessed this gap. this gap.
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this is the president obama post-convention bounce and then the bounce disappeared. see? they have merged back together. right around that 40% mark. but now, i want you to look at this. because in this span of the past six days here, you have a six-point lead. remember? the blue line. six-point lead for the president and unusual for this particular poll and so this is another indication of a race that's potentially breaking for president obama against mitt romney. mitt romney appeared just a short while ago in springfield, virginia. virginia, as you know, one of the nine remaining states very much so in play. now, a lot of republicans are talking of the upcoming debates and romney's best chance to turn things around. this is newt gingrich. >> i think it depends almost entirely on mitt personally. i debated him and most of them i did pretty well.
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the last two down to life and death and we were in florida and he was in danger of losing the nomination, he came in fired up, decisive, prepared, aggressive, energetic and to be honest i think he beat me both times. if he would be as direct, as assertive, as firm with barack obama as he was with me in florida he'll win the debate going away and within three days the polls will change dramatically because he'll have begun to make the case we cannot afford four more years of barack obama. >> so that first debate is next wednesday in denver and did you know that early voting has begun? for the first time today voting in a swing state, iowa. guess who's there, john king. iowa city, iowa. john, are you seeing many early voters where you are? >> reporter: we have seen quite a few of them, brooke. we had a camera here in iowa city and des moines earlier today. i wouldn't say it's gangbusters but modest lines, people saying
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pretty good loins and if you look at the stickers, the t-shirts, a lot of them, most of them are obama voters so you would say score the first day of early voting in iowa for the president and a cautionary note, though. there's a strategic difference of the republicans and the democrats. democrats early investing in early voting and i talked to steve grubs saying the democrats won the early voting in 2010 and did quite well in the statewide races and legislative races and there's a difference of how important early voting is and nearly four in ten votes in 2010 cast early. 35 states and the district of columbia allow some form of in person early voting. this is the most critical part. young voters, a state where the young vote for obama did make a difference in 2008. their enthusiasm down a little bit so if the campaign on the campus, the university of iowa campus, identifies them early and vote early, number one, they have a test.
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if they forget what day it is or a party the night before, you get the vote in the bank early and doing that, you can call people undecided closer to election day and not people to vote for the president. >> these are hard core supporters saying you know what? i don't care what happens in the next five-plus weeks. i have made up my mind. correct? >> reporter: right. and that's why republicans say you're not getting anybody today that you wouldn't get two weeks from now, three weeks from now and election day 40 days from now. republicans say you can make too much of this. anybody voting now is an absolute democrat. absolutely in the camp and not waiting for the debates and anyone for mitt romney is an absolute republican but you mentioned the break in the race. iowa is one of the swing states broken in the president's favor right now by a few points and anything in the bank is value added but if the dynamic changes and you have more undecided voters out there, what the obama campaign argues is they have time and resources to those
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people hard core supporters voted. the romney campaign would say that's an exaggeration and they say republicans are more traditional. they pour the resources at the end. this is a growing and an important national trend and it does help you understand and give your test run if you will to your organization on the ground. >> in iowa city for us, mr. magic wall himself, john king. thank you. don't forget as we mentioned, please watch this first presidential debate in denver, colorado. romney versus obama next wednesday 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. just in. news from space. we are just getting word of a pretty big discovery on mars. folks, it involves water. that's next. pass pass
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. mars rover curiosity on the job for 50 days driving around the red planet's rocky terrain and conducting experiments. nasa has a brand new update on the roving laboratory's discovers. chad myers, you have the news. you have been listening. fill me in. >> big stuff today. >> big stuff? >> yeah. they found round rocks like marbles. how do rocks get round?
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and remain round? either wind or water. >> water. >> these are too big, 4 centimeters, a couple of inches, almost, too big pushed around by the wind so there was an ancient stream bed. one from the earth and one from mars. probably ran for what they think thousands of years. >> looks just the same but the coloring. >> one's utah. one's mars. >> oh my gosh. >> exactly. it ran for a long time. this is chile, the one to see. a dry stream bed. this is exactly what curiosity drove over today. they know there's water on mars and it was there for a long time and moving swiftly enough to roll the rocks downhill and make them round. >> cool. >> cool. that's just so amazing. we always do that. and i, although the producer doesn't agree with me, i think
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that if this is a thousand-year-old or a million long year stream there is weather to take it and push it up the hill, have it run down an unthen do it again and again and again otherwise it runs out. runs down one time. i think it had rain or snow above this, melting again. run down. go up. just like the water cycle here on earth. that's my opinion. >> this is huge. and the rover hasn't moved to mt. sharp yet. this is what they found out rolling around. >> they didn't think if there was water here to find microorganisms here because they don't hang out in moving water too much. they're going to wait for it up the hill and find out where it came from and then we find something cool. >> i love that you get excited as i do about this. >> i can see it in your eyes. >> i love it. chad, thank you so much. we appreciate the update. we have to move along to the pentagon. this is just in to us here at cnn. the pentagon admitting warnings of a potential terror attack before the hit on the consulate
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we are now getting new information just in to us from the department of defense with regard to that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi in libya a little over two weeks ago in which four americans were killed including the u.s. ambassador to libya. barbara starr at the pentagon, just popped out of the briefing with the defense secretary and the fact that this attack was planned. >> reporter: absolutely, brooke. new information now, senior administration officials were telling me earlier in the day that they began to gather intelligence within a day or so of the attack indicating that this was potentially al qaeda related or al qaeda groups. but now, defense secretary leon panetta has gone further in this briefing, just concluded here at the pentagon, with very
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definitive word about his assessment of what happened. i want you to listen. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack and that's when i came to that conclusion as, again, as to who was involved, what specific groups were involved, i think the investigation that is ongoing hopefully will determine that. >> about a day after or -- >> took a while to really get some of the feedback from what exactly happened at that location. >> reporter: panetta weighing in with two very important assessments there, brooke. terrorist attack, very definitive on that and planned. there's been a lot of talk around washington, was it planned? was it spontaneous? second of defense saying he had information it was planned. next up, was the chairman of the joint chief of staffs general
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martin dempsey and offered fairly astounding information about the intelligence that the administration had. listen to this. >> there was a thread of intelligence reporting that groups in the environment in eastern libya were seeking to coalesce and wasn't anything specific and certainly not a specific threat to the consulate that i'm aware of. and as far as to the risks that the fbi reported to you, really have to ask them for why they made that determination. i don't know. >> reporter: what dempsey is saying there, brooke, is that there was intelligence about these groups in eastern libya around benghazi coalescing and said there's nothing specific as to any direct threat against the ambassador. even though the ambassador had
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been indications he believed he was on an al qaeda hit list, the chairman of the joint chiefs says the intelligence he saw didn't indicate that level of specificity but in the month, the month before the attack on benghazi, there was a threat of intelligence about the extremist groups in the region. brooke? >> barbara starr for us with the new information of the chairman of the joint chiefs and the secretary of defense, thank you very much. there are still so many other questions. thank you. because in addition to this, cnn exclusive reporting here the fbi agents haven't even stepped foot on the crime scene in benghazi. we'll tell you why, next. [ male announcer ] when a major hospital wanted to provide better employee benefits while balancing the company's bottom line, their very first word was... [ to the tune of "lullaby and good night" ] ♪ af-lac
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more than two weeks after an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, killing four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya there, chris stevens, there are more questions than answers. why hasn't the fbi set foot on
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the crime scene? why was the white house so late in calling it a terrorist attack? why is there so much conflicting information coming in from the obama administration? just yesterday, the secretary of state hillary clinton spoke about an al qaeda group's link to extremists in benghazi specifically and seemed to tie it to the attack on the consulate. let me quote her. quote, for sometime, al qaeda in the islamic maghreb and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings from noern mali. now with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions and they are working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in north africa as we tragically saw in benghazi. but, but a senior state department official later said mrs. clinton was speaking in more general terms. let me just provide a little context with fran townsend.
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you're a national security contributor and a member of the cia external advisory committee and just last month you visited libya with your employer mcandrews and forbes. what did the law enforcement source tell you when it comes to the attack in benghazi? >> well, look, the investigator sense from being on the ground has been from they said to me day one that this was a terror attack and i think that's consistent hearing from barbara starr and the secretary of defense. why they were so slow to say that, look. it may be as inokay wous as the fact they went out and put facts out they had to walk back from so it may be simpilar as simple wanted to get more comfort they understood what happened. but i will tell you, you know, having as you pointed out been in the region, there is no question as of late august when i was there of the increasing
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presence and threat of extremism and the concern that that was to both libyan and american officials on the ground in tripoli. >> and also, we should also point out another war, former homeland security adviser under president bush, you point out perhaps some reasoning why the administration wouldn't come out immediately saying this is a terror attack, be it fear for, you know, investigative purposes, security, maybe erroneous reporting, but at the same time we heard from bar brar starr saying general marty dempsey saying there's a threat in terms of intelligence reporting, the groups in eastern libya looking to come together and no specific threat on any one individual. what do you make of the fact they say there were no warning signs? >> well, you know, this is, again -- what you hope is people are not splitting hairs. when i was there, people on the ground from the u.s. government were well aware of the growing extremist presence and the
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threat that emanated from durna to the east of benghazi and so they understood very well the threat that al qaeda related extremists in durna posed to american and western interests. it may be that's what general dempsey's referring to. they understood about the growing threat. they understood about the presence there. what they didn't -- what they may not have had intelligence end katding was a specific attack plan against benghazi consulate. frankly, here's the problem, brooke. if you knew that the extremist threat is rising, you knew that extremists had taken the opportunity to try to attack, that mbenbenghazi consulate previously, you kind of -- you didn't need a lot more to know that you needed to take the security concerns there more seriously and up security. and i imagine that will be part of the fbi's investigation. who knew what, when did they know it and what did they do to try to protect the americans? >> beyond the questions, looking ahead to libya specifically,
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democratically elected government, moderate government without the dictators and talked to people familiar with the region saying that you have these extremist groups, very much so left unchecked and my question then would be, does the government in libya really have control? >> yeah. i think the answer's pretty clear that they don't. not because they're unwilling to exert it but during the critical sort of fragile transition time, they're trying to integrate militias in the military and ministmi minister of interior, establish services. this is a -- you know, there's vacuum now in libya, not for any other reason than you near a transition and al qaeda we have seen time and again, brooke, yemen, the tribal areas, they love a vacuum to or a poorly or ungoverned space to take advantage of that to exert themselves. and it looks like that's exactly what they have done in eastern libya. >> and as we pointed out, fbi
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still, still not able to walk through the scene in bean ghazi, fran townsend, fran, thank you. switching gears, quite a tradition of facebook. they're calling it a hack-athon today. yep, that's right. you'll hear from techies competing to win prizes for the best app. live update next. [ female announcer ] for everything your face has to face. face it with puffs facial tissues. unlike the leading regular tissue, puffs has soft, air-fluffed pillows for 40% more cushiony thickness. so you can always put your best face forward. face every day with puffs softness.
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facebook's headquarters for this hack-a-t when on trying to create an incredible app and score some of bill gates' money. here's the catch it. it's a contest helping high school make the leap to college and dan simon is in -- there he is in palo alto, california. dan, how's it going? >> reporter: well, you know, brooke, facebook is known for these so-called hack-a-thons and engineers try to come up with ideas for the site but imagine taking the same principles and applying it to education, specifically and trying to help students get in to college. about 100 entremendous neuros of the bay area and around the country are here trying to come up with tools, social tools to help the students and think about this. i mean, this is a pretty daunting task where you have basically a few hours to come up with some great idea, present it to a panel of judges and, you
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know, get it sold and if you're successful, you could get anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000. >> whoo! >> reporter: trying to get a piece of that cash are these three, students of arizona state university. they're up against seasoned professionals doing this for a living. they're just students. this is t.j. you don't want to give away the idea on national television but just kind of tell me what you're trying to go after and do. >> what we're trying to do is take the shared interests of the user's friends and then match those interests to education related topics such as a major or a club on campus at their local college. >> reporter: you know, brooke, that sounds pretty good to me. what they're ultimately trying to do here is specifically help low income students, students that may not have an opportunity go to college. maybe even try to, you know, help them get through the financial maze of getting in to
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college. notice here that the asu students are wearing ties and they were kind of made -- you know, nobody wears ties at facebook. will you lose the tie? >> no. the ties stay on. >> reporter: going to stay on. okay. i tell you what. if you're not here, you can still participate in this contest. you know go to college knowledge challenge.org. say you're a budding engineer and you have an idea, check out the site and you, too, could have a chance to win some of this money. brooke, back to you. >> collegeknowledgechallenge.org. maybe, you know, trying to roll differently with the ties. forget the hoodies. best of luck to them. $50,000 to $100,000. not chump change. dan simon there in california, thank you. sometimes the families aren't together. >> where's your dad? >> don't really know. >> tell me about that. >> he's just not around. >> coming up next, two nba
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four baby boomers, early retirement planning is key but what should they do with cash? we have our help desk for an answer here. here's alison kosik. hi, alison. >> hi there. today we're hemg you prepare for retirement and with me this hour, liz miller and greg mcbride. greg, this question is for you. >> i'm five to ten years from retirement. i have maybe 10% to 20% of my net worth slabl in cash. i'd like to invest and put it to better use but given the political and economic uncertainties, what would you suggest i do with the cash
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resources? >> and this is actually one of the questions this most of us ask but this gentleman is five to ten years from retirement. what to do? >> the money withdrawing from retirement, it's cash invest ms or high quality bonds. yes, the returns are low but doesn't have the ability to take a whole lot of risk because he needs the money so soon. money this he's going to earmark for withdrawal beyond that ten-year timeframe that can and should be invested for aggressively. >> do you agree with that? should be some risk. >> i think for the longer term and support the retirement, absolutely. there's very high quality stocks with nice dividends that would give some income in these next five to ten years to be ready for retirement and liquidity. i would keep that on the radar, as well. >> okay. all right. if you have an issue for the experts to tackle, upload a video with the question to ireport.com.
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all right. football fans rejoice. the pros, the real nfl referees, back on the job. at least for now. we are just hours away from seeing them officiate tonight's game. you have the cleveland browns against the baltimore ravens. thankfully for the fans and really let's be honest the nfl's image, tentative eight-year labor deal is reached. it eight-year labor deal has been reached. it locks in and protects pension plans for five years. it will also allow to hire year round basis and hire additional refs so they can then be trained. the league came very close to being the laughing stock of sports after that infamous blown call. here it is again, by those replacement refs. this is monday night football. here's what the commissioner, roger goodell, had to say about all of this. >> you never want to see a game end like that. and you never want to see a game end on a controversial play. in 32 years as a league employee, that's something you always would like to see avoided. this is the right thing to do.
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get the officials back on the field, get the agreement concluded. and that was really what everyone's objective was. >> so game on tonight. nfl refs will vote on the tentative agreement saturday. from the nfl to the nba we go. two stars about to join me live on why they're going of all places to reichers island. notorious prison. to speak with hundreds of young men. don't miss this. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪
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and if you ask some black children where their dads are, you might get a reaction like my colleague don lemon got. here you go. >> where's your dad? >> i don't really know. >> tell me about that. >> he just not around. >> joining me now from new york, two amazing men, two dads, nba players who will be speaking to about 300 teenage men about precisely this at rikers island jail tomorrow. new york knicks forward author of "stat home court" and 11-year nba vet thomas.
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gentlemen, welcome. great of you to stop by and talk to me about this. but before we talk about why you're going to rikers island, what kind of message you want to get across. i want to get personal and say, did both of you have fathers present in your lives growing up? >> well, my father was present, but he passed away at the age of 12. but it was a split household. my mom lived in new york. my father lived in florida. had to travel back and forth with them. so my father was present, but he passed away when i was at a young age. >> my parents are divorced when i was about in first grade. so i grew up in a single parent household. i had a relationship with my father, but the household was my mother. my mother raised me and my brother. >> okay. why rikers island? this notorious jail. why talk to these guys specifically? >> well, these are the guys that i want to write the book for. i wanted to write the book not because i think i'm a fatherhood expert or anything like that, but i wanted it to be inspirational to young men
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growing up without fathers in their home and single parent households who are always hurt, tell the negative statistics about how you're going to end up in jail or in prison or a dropout or something like that and tell them that they don't have to go that way. now, these men in rikers, they've made mistakes. but they can correct them. and i want to show them different men in all walks of life. what i want to show them in the book show them who made the right decisions. christopher made the right decisions and john wallace, we all go there and we all talk to them about making the right choices in life. and how it is possible no matter what situation you come from. >> let me jump in and say, we saw an e-mail from one of the new york department correction official they send out letters and letters to celebrities, athletes, et cetera, a lot of them don't come. they talk about the deafening silence after they ask people to come. hats off to both of you for going to rikers island to talk to these men. 64% of african-american children live without their fathers. so this foundation says just over half graduate high school in four years.
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amari, what do you say? >> it's awesome that we're doing it because the platform we've been placed upon as professional basketball players and a lot of the youth look up to us to leave them a blueprint for them to try to follow. so what we're doing is just trying to really encourage the youth to understand being a father is the ultimate gift that you can ever receive in life is to be able to be a father to your children. and also be, you know, a husband to your family. so we want to make sure they understand everything's cool about being a father. there's nothing wrong with it. >> i know you guys are talking to these young men. some of whom are dads. many people would argue these are dads who have already given up on their own kids because here they are at rikers locked up for a crime committed. what about the moms? a lot of times these kids look to the streets or tv even to learn how to be a man. what do you say to them? >> well, everybody makes
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mistakes. nobody's perfect. just because they made a mistake doesn't mean their whole life is over. i've made many mistakes throughout my life. amari can attest he's made mistakes himself. they're going to get a chance to come out and get a chance to make it right and be there for their kids. like you said, many of them will have kids of their own. but life isn't over. i want them to know that they have that ability to change. >> amari, final word. both you guys know there have been all kinds of celebrities and panel discussions and artist who is have talked about this fatherless crisis whachlt do you offer these young men tomorrow that's new? 45 seconds. >> well, we're giving them just a blueprint on what it takes to be successful and how to be a righteous father and understand that being a father is, again, the ultimate goal for any man growing up. you should really take honor in that and being that king to your family and your wife and also being a father to your children because they're the ones, they're the next generation,